The Morning Heresy 4/16/12: Ale Mary

April 16, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

Ron Lindsay on Chris Mooney's The Republican Brain

[It's] an important book. It advances a thesis that, if true, has significant implications for psychology, politics, and public policy. The book marshals a wide array of research in support of its thesis, and this research is accurately and perceptively summarized. However, I don’t believe there is sufficient evidence to support the book’s central claims. 

(Flashback to 2009: Neil deGrasse Tyson on the counterintuitive relationship between Republicans and science - video)  

The National Day of Reason approaches! CFI has resources for folks who want to celebrate the day. Our friends in San Francisco have a chance to ask Mayor Edward Lee to proclaim a city-wide Day of Reason: see the petition here!  

CFI's Michael de Dora wrestles with the ghost of Andrew Breitbart (Metaphorically, okay? If it were a real ghost, he'd fall right through him, maybe get slimed.) 

The Week magazine on the rise of atheism in America 

Ayaan Hirsi Ali tells Global Atheist Convention that Western liberals are too attached to political correctness, threatening atheists and Christians in Islamic countries 

Rebecca Watson on the impossible choice: Who is screwing up more, Tennesse or Arizona?  

Religion Dispatches: Catholic clergy in Seattle and Pittsburgh tell the Bishops to go scratch 

NYT: Trial in Denmark begins for the four men accused of plotting a shooting spree to kill 2005 Muhammad cartoonist 

David Niose: "What nonbelievers are increasingly discovering . . . is that their reluctance to openly identify as secular only plays into the hand of the religious right." 

Religious studies prof Stephen Prothero on Democrats' embrace of religious rhetoric [video]

Baltimore-area bar angers Catholic Church for saying too many "Ale Marys" 

The town of Wellesley, MA looks to buy land from the Catholic Church, but the church is telling the town what it can and cannot do with it 

A Guerrilla Skeptic is a big enough fan of our own Tom Flynn to give new life to his Wikipedia page! 

Wingnut website American Thinker: Global warming belief has all the "trappings of religion" 

Pastor Steven Andrew of USA Christian Ministries: Ron Paul is the only Christian left in the race 

Bruce Gleason in California paper: "Everyone knows an atheist, most everyone respects an atheist, but they are unaware that the person sitting next to them is an atheist."  

San Jose State student is "finally able to act and think the way I wanted" after becoming an atheist 

Via Ophelia: Indian skeptic could be arrested for debunking "miracle" Jesus statue 

NYT: Busting the myths around left-handedness

Fake psychic swindles old lady out of $10k to life a "curse" 

WaPo's Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite: Jesus says pay your taxes 

Respectful Insolence: The gall of homeopaths claiming the surpremacy of anecdote over science 

Were RAF fighter jets chasing a UFO? 

Blog on health reform cites CFI's opposition in post about attempts to include acupuncture in mandated insurance coverage  

xkcd: There's a whole 'nother apolocalypse coming in 2012 

Quote of the Day  

Nate Phelps, executive director of CFI-Calgary and estranged son of Westboro Baptist Church's Fred Phelps:

"My family's campaign gave me a voice, and I concluded that I had a duty to use that voice to counter the ugliness and pain that my father's ideas have caused."  

Linking to a story or webpage does not imply endorsement by Paul or CFI . Not every use of quotation marks is ironic or sarcastic, but it often is. 

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